Author(s): T. John Hughes
Apparitions is a photography project about buildings that that have vanished from our cities. Ghosted pictures of these structures are combined with current photos of their former locations in single images, with informative text panels to outline the design aesthetics. This unique aesthetic approach provides an engaging way of telling stories of change in our built environments, exploring a wonderful historical narrative that commemorates architecture in space and time, a way to showcase the preservation of memory. National in scope and including a variety of building types, Apparitions comprises photographs from more than sixty cities across the United States. Of interest to photographers and other visual artists, as well as architects, interior designers, planners, preservationists, and all who are directly involved in the built environment.
T. John Hughes has thirty years experience as a commercial architectural photographer and is a faculty member of the Art Institute of Colorado, in Denver, where he also specialised in photo history. In recent years, he has focused on fine art projects related to architecture; change over time; cinema; and abstraction. One of his best-known endeavours is the "Cityscape" Panorama Project." Begun in 1992 it is an ongoing every-five-year documentation of downtown Denver cityscapes and streetscapes taken from the same vantage points. He continues to teach one course at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Architecture.